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August 2017 - The Gallop: A Day at the Emerging Athletes Program
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:52
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USHJA program delivers the gift of Joe Fargis’ gentle & effective horsemanship.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Horses are a gift to us to learn about nature, sportsmanship and life,” said 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis in response to a question that began the USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program training session at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center July 12-16. As he worked with 19 fortunate and motivated young riders, the much-decorated show-jumper applied that broad perspective to many details of his simple, classic horsemanship. It was a privilege to audit a day of instruction from Joe, Thursday, July 13, during which West Coast young riders also worked in small groups with stable management expert Anne Thornbury.

August 2017 - Horse Races & Fair Eclipse Weekend
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:49
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Ely, Nevada, combines western traditions with solar eclipse celebration.

One of the most authentic western celebrations in the U.S. gets a celestial twist for 2017, lining up with the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Each year horse racing, a county fair and other traditional events dating back almost 100 years bring together neighbors and visitors alike in the remote town of Ely, Nevada. This year, the festivities planned Aug. 18-21 include a solar eclipse train ride on the historic Nevada Northern Railway, offering a unique glimpse into this rare event. In celebration of the eclipse, Ely’s Economy Drug luncheonette will be serving a special Light-to-Dark-to-Light eclipse sandwich.

July 2017 - New San Diego Venue
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:06
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Lakeside Equestrian Park to serve East County Equestrians.

San Diego County is working with the East County Equestrian Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit organization, to build a premier equestrian facility on a 14-acre parcel at 11055 Moreno Ave. The conceptual layout includes a covered arena, which is the planned showpiece of the facility. The facility will host junior, high school, and senior pro rodeo; cattle events; barrel racing; gymkhanas; western and english horse shows; clinics and trail events.

July 2017 - Tradition is Always in Style
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:38
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A conversation with Irene Valenti, president of Valenti International

alenti International, longtime Rancho Santa Fe entrepreneurs, philanthropists and equestrians, offers both elite matchmaking in the European tradition, and an equine oasis offering boarding and training services for dressage and hunter jumper aficionados.

June 2017 - Del Mar National Dressage
Written by Marie Sebastian with Megan Mc Gee
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:11
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Steffen Peters reigns as king of California dressage.

by Marie Sebastian with Megan Mc Gee

The 2017 Del Mar National put an exclamation point on Steffen Peters’ reign as the king of California Dressage. Competing on three different mounts owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, Olympian and World Cup Champion Steffen Peters took home the first place honors in all his CDI and US Equestrian Selection classes and won some First Level classes just for good measure.

June 2017 - Hilda Gurney Clinic
Written by photos by Nancy Albright
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:59
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The 2017 Linda O’ Carroll Memorial Adult Amateur Clinic Series concludes with June 9-11 session in Sacramento area.

photos by Nancy Albright

In 1997, the California Dressage Society started a series of clinics to honor Linda O’Carroll, who donated an endowment to fund Adult Amateurs’ education. For two decades, amateur dressage riders who normally would not have an opportunity to train with top professionals in their sport, receive the chance to learn from the best due to the generosity of Mrs. O’Carroll. Each CDS Chapter sponsors at least one qualified rider annually.


May 2017 - The Gallop: And Now For Something Completely Different
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:16
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Education & equitation meet with a $10,000 prize for trainers in exciting new class in June.

by Kim F. Miller

"They are the Harvard educators of the equitation world,” says Georgy Maskrey-Segesman of the presenters in the all-new Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge. Georgy is the mastermind behind this unique, three-phase class.

It’s open to all riders of all ages, both juniors and amateurs, and debuts this summer at the Blenheim June Classic III show in San Juan Capistrano. Prizes include a $10,000 cash award for the winning trainer and a new Butet saddle for the winning rider.
Rounds 1 and 2 are set for Tuesday, June 20, and round 3 for Wednesday, June 21.

May 2017 - Carl Hester Clinic
Written by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:03
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Dressage fundamentals and fun dominate a VIP experience with five-time British dressage Olympian.

article & photos by Kim F. Miller

Carl Hester’s April 8-9 clinic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was truly delightful.  The five-time British dressage Olympian is a master horseman himself and the guy credited with bringing Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro along to their recent domination of international dressage.

May 2017 - A Big Deal For Small Horses
Written by Yellow Horse Marketing
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:51
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National Dressage Pony Cup expands to offer new year-end awards program for small horses.

by Yellow Horse Marketing

Over the last decade, the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) has set out to prove that size doesn’t matter in the dressage arena by offering an innovative awards program and annual championship event to showcase the talents of ponies. Now National Dressage Pony Cup founder Jenny Carol is excited to announce the addition of a Small Horse Division to the NDPC Year-End Awards Program.

April 2017 - The Gallop: Wire Transfer Beware!
Written by Rebecca Rigdon Blake
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:13
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San Diego dressage trainer has frightening experience with wire transfer fraud.

by Rebecca Rigdon Blake

It is my responsibility to share my recent experience in making a wire transfer for myself, as well as my client, while purchasing horses in Holland.

My solo horse-shopping trip to our friend’s stable in Amsterdam seemingly went along without a hitch. We looked at 60-plus horses, found two that I absolutely fell in love with, and came home 72 hours later on cloud nine.

August 2017 - Glefke and Farmer Penalized
Written by CRM
Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:51
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Re-hearing results in same penalties for doping case in the hunter world.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hearing Committee held a rehearing on June 6 and 7 in a doping case against Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke. The case involved the presence of the forbidden substance GABA in the horse UNEXPECTED at a 2016 USEF Licensed Competition.

July 2017 - May Day
Written by photos by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 June 2017 21:09
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Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosts a happy day for its riders and the public.

photos by Kim F. Miller

Hayden Clarke Sport Horses hosted its annual open house Sunday, May 28. The long-running community event showcased riding school students and A circuit riders in team competitions ranging from flat classes to a Gambler’s Choice jumping and a High Jump that rose to about 4’6” in height. Plus, pony rides and horsey crafts throughout a beautiful day at the Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Orange County’s Laguna Hills.

July 2017 - Youth Spotlight: Black Oaks Pony Club
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:54
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Central California club and its members represent the future of national organization.

Black Oaks Pony Club has a long history in the Paso Robles area and it also reflects the future of the U.S. Pony Club’s effort to expand its membership base. Eventing has long been the competitive discipline most associated with Pony Club, but the organization now offers “certifications,” formerly called “ratings,” in show jumping, hunter equitation, dressage and even western.

July 2017 - The Gallop: Changes Afoot for NAJYRC Qualification
Written by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 29 June 2017 20:35
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Everybody wants Zone 10 riders atop the NAJYRC podium,  but there’s debate about the best way to get there.

by Kim F. Miller

As young jumper riders battled to represent Zone 10 at this month’s FEI/Adequan North American Junior Young Rider Championships, behind-the- scenes debates roiled about the best way to qualify teams in the future.

Everybody wants the same thing: getting the zone back to its streak of dominance that began a decade ago. From 2007 to 2010, Zone 10 earned a total of nine gold medals, including team and individuals. The years from 2011 through 2013 saw Killian McGrath’s individual YR gold and team bronze in 2012, and Young Rider team silver and individual bronze in 2011. Last year’s Young Rider team brought home bronze and the Juniors scored silver, but 2014 and 2015 were medal-less outings. (See sidebar for the decade’s medal count.)

June 2017 - Cheers & Tears
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:07
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Ashlee Bond soars and Flexible says farewell at Del Mar National.

The Grand Prix of Del Mar, presented by Pacific Sotheby’s International Equestrian Division on May 6, provided a thrilling night of competitive show jumping for a full house at the Del Mar Arena. The 29 starting horse and rider pairs were tested with Marc Etter of Switzerland’s course of 15 efforts in the first round and eight fences in the jump-off.

June 2017 - More Than Just Riding
Written by Cassidy Gallman
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:48
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FEI JR/YR & U25 Clinic with Charlotte Bredahl-Baker welcomes California and Oregon up-&-comers to the dressage community.

by Cassidy Gallman

There is something about Epona Farms. It may be the green color of the hills that surround it in the Westlake Village area’s Hidden Valley. It may be the peaceful quiet. It may be the charm of the barn or may be simply that Epona Farms inspires.

May 2017 - Western States Horse Expo
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 23:09
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Supercharged horsemanship exposition returns to Sacramento June 9-11.

The most elite equine exposition in the United States, California’s Western States Horse Expo, is a must-attend event for any horse owner. In three short days, June 9-11, attendees can catch up on the latest training and education, shop the nation’s premier equine vendors and connect with horse friends.

May 2017 - Off To A Good Start
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:54
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Shannon Beck & Alexandra Biederman earn top spots in first Emerging Professionals grant program.

After receiving an impressive number of applications for its Inaugural Emerging Professionals Grant, Blenheim EquiSports revealed the recipients in late March.

May 2017 - Youth Spotlight: SAHJA Stars
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 April 2017 22:43
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Four Sacramento area hunter/jumper riders are working hard toward big league dreams.

The Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association was founded in 1987 by a small group of riders and trainers. Their purpose was to develop a local association dedicated to supporting, educating and introducing beginning and intermediate riders and horses to the horse show environment, and to provide a consistent framework for local shows.

SAHJA members have the opportunity to compete for year-end awards. Over the years SAHJA has continued to meet its goals by setting standards for shows and show judges similar to those of the US Equestrian organization.
Here are four young SAHJA stars who reflect well on the success of the association’s mission.

April 2017 - Going Solo & Starting NAJYRC Track
Written by Administrator
Friday, 31 March 2017 20:11
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Kaitlyn Lovingfoss tops the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship.

The R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship, which requires riders to do the entire class without their trainers, is not an easy class to win. Junior riders competed in the Grand Prix Stadium at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, for a blue-ribbon victory in the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship on March 17 as the final weekend dawned for the 2017 Coachella Desert Circuit.

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